slath·​er | \ ˈsla-t͟hər How to pronounce slather (audio) \

Definition of slather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a great quantity often used in plural


slathered; slathering\ ˈsla-​t͟hə-​riŋ How to pronounce slathering (audio) , ˈslat͟h-​riŋ \

Definition of slather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to use or spend in a wasteful or lavish manner : squander
2a : to spread thickly or lavishly slathered sunscreen on her skin
b : to spread something thickly or lavishly on slathered her skin with sunscreen

Examples of slather in a Sentence


We ate lobster slathered with butter.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And as always, slather on sunscreen before heading outdoors to avoid sunburn. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Woman’s blistering 'margarita burn' a warning about the popular summer drink," 5 June 2019 To stop skin from flaking and peeling, slather on lotions that contain ceramides and antioxidants like vitamins C and E. Julie Ricevuto, Glamour, "How to Treat a Bad Sunburn and Hide It Instantly," 28 May 2019 For an extra boost, slather on a pore-cleansing mask once a week. Paige Stables, Good Housekeeping, "9 Sneaky Reasons Why Your Skin Looks Dull," 12 Oct. 2017 So make like Jolie and slather on some SPF (her immaculate complexion is nothing if calculated), grab your favorite shades, and welcome summer's last legs with lengths that are done-up and let down. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Angelina Jolie Brings Back the Hollywood Blowout," 27 Aug. 2018 When Jessica Alba first launched Honest Beauty back in 2015, there were a whopping 83 products to swipe, slather, and swatch. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Jessica Alba: Why I'm Relaunching Honest Beauty," 27 June 2018 Water Street Brewery adds homemade stuffing to the meat mixture and slathers the entire thing with WSB Amber beer gravy and Wisconsin cranberry sauce. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sporkies 2018 finalists highlight everything fried, delicious and totally weird at the Wisconsin State Fair," 18 June 2018 So slather on the sunscreen, sink your toes into the sand or soft grass, and dig in to these new books. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "What to Read This Summer," 14 June 2018 The resulting slather is truly unique, worthy of the wings wearing it. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "10 of our favorite chicken wing spots in Chicago," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The phone comes with Android 9 Pie (with Samsung's UI slathered on top) and does not have monthly security updates. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung is bringing the $350 Galaxy A50 to the US," 11 June 2019 The barbecue sauce that slathers them is a beautiful balance of savory, sweet and smoky. Anchorage Daily News, "Add these new(ish) Anchorage food trucks to your rotation this summer," 6 June 2019 Somewhere out there, people are going to the trouble of mixing up their own sunscreen — only to slather on a unreliable, ineffective protectant. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Homemade Sunscreen Is Ineffective (and Dangerous) — So Why Are Recipes on the Rise?," 31 May 2019 Two inset nooks were slathered in bright, luxe wallpaper. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "How Pops Of Color Transformed These Classic White Rooms," 17 Dec. 2018 Moms everywhere have long slathered petroleum jelly on burns, dry skin, and even diaper rash. Amanda Hawkins, Good Housekeeping, "Is Vaseline Safe to Use on Your Skin?," 22 Jan. 2015 To quell the condition, Tsai was constantly slathering on Aquaphor, so blotting papers were always within arm’s reach. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "Tatcha’s Vicky Tsai Has Earned the Trust of Geishas," 12 June 2018 My favorite part is taking the mask off and slathering my face and hands with the leftover essence. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire Editors Tell You Their Favorite Things You Probably Missed in 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 The Food Stalls at the Central Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok)Why eat a huge disk of fried dough slathered with garlic and sour cream? András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Budapest," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of slather


1843, in the meaning defined above


1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of slather

: to cover (something) with a thick layer of a liquid, cream, etc.

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